November 19, 2008

"I will just pick it up."

My response to the service rep from the local MB dealership upon learning the cost of replacing a "windshield wiper transmission" in my 1998 sedan is $1,170. I never knew windshield wipers had transmissions and now that I do and how pricey they are, it may be time to trade my ride in for something from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Posted by LMC at November 19, 2008 07:00 AM | TrackBack

Despair not! Have you checked local junk yards for the part? You can typically find parts like that that have been scavenged for a lot less than the dealer will charge. Of course, that assumes you have the skills and time to do the replacement yourself.

Posted by: the gripping hand at November 19, 2008 09:04 AM

This isn't uncommon. I had a 1984 Buick Regal that had to have its wiper motor replaced.

I agree with The Gripping Hand, though. Look at junk yards - what those in the biz call "after market" - and if you can't do it see if you can find a reputable mechanic to do it.

Dealers always cost more, don't you know?

Posted by: GroovyVic at November 19, 2008 09:30 AM

Throw in the towel and get a Japanese car. I've never enjoyed driving a car more than the 300E I used to have, but it became ridiculously expensive to maintain. The Infiniti G35 that I've had for the past 5 years is plenty fast and so reliable that it isn't as ugly to me as it used to be.

Posted by: ScurvyOaks at November 19, 2008 10:50 AM


'nuff said...

Posted by: kmr at November 19, 2008 12:35 PM

When the first of the Llama-ettes came along, I gave up my 96 Wrangler for a Camry LE because I thought it the responsible thing to do, what with car-seats and all.

I leased the Camry for four years. And while it was solid and dependable, I was bored stiff.

When the lease ran out, I said to hell with it and bought another Wrangler. I've never looked back, and hope some day to hand it down to the gels.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at November 19, 2008 12:55 PM